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Research methods discussion on RC list [was RE: Research on Accessibility

From: Kasday, Leonard R (Len), ALTEC <kasday@att.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 1998 10:41:16 -0400
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To: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "'a.elliott@hud.ac.uk'" <a.elliott@hud.ac.uk>
Hi, IG listers,

Just a note to tell you that the discussion of Andrea Elliott's question
about doing research about how accessible web sites are for people with
disabilities moved over the the RC list.  That list, for those of you
not familiar with it, deals with tools for evaluating web sites and
tools for improving accessibility.  

Two types of issues came up.

One was a comparison of different types of studies, like web forms,
phone surveys, and lab testing.

Another involved how people with disabilities sometimes get treated in
an objectionable manner in labs studies.  Perhaps it would be useful to
come up with some research guidelines, e.g. for people new to the field,
so they don't inadvertently act in an objectionable manner.

I am going to create two separate threads on these subjects on the RC
list.  If you'd like to join these discussions, please subscribe!  

You can join the list by sending mail to w3c-wai-rc-request@w3.org with
a "Subject: subscribe" to register.

Previous discussions are archived at


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Andrea wrote:

>From: 	a.elliott@hud.ac.uk[SMTP:a.elliott@hud.ac.uk]
>Sent: 	Thursday, April 16, 1998 9:35 AM
>To: 	w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Subject: 	Research on Accessibility
>My name is Andrea and I am doing a Masters Degree in Disability Studies at
>Leeds University (UK).
>I am doing my thesis on Disabled People and the use of the internet. I have
>looked at the W3 website for inspiration on testing the accessibility of
>I would like to produce a questionnaire and place it on the net and ask
>disabled people to complete it. The questionnaire will ask them to look at
>several major websites in the UK (probably utility related) and ask them to
>report back on the accessibility of these websites.
>Does any of the list members know of any similar research that has been
>undertaken in the past? If so please can you point me in the right direction.
>Your tiime and help is appreciated.
Received on Sunday, 19 April 1998 10:41:23 UTC

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